Budding engineers built up plans for their future at a careers open day based around Lego.

Harrow-based company e²Young Engineers Harrow and the Institution of Engineering and Technology hosted its first engineering open day so young people could find out more about the industry.

Children got a chance to build their own theme park rides from Lego at the event, which took place at the Kate Fassnidge Community hall in Northwood.

Seven-year-old Ishaan said: “I wanted to come along today to find out more about what a job working in engineering could involve.

“I want to be an engineer, and a scientist and an inventor when I grow up. I've really enjoyed building things with the Lego."

The open day was held as part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World campaign, which aims to showcase engineering career opportunities in the industry.

E2 Young Engineers Harrow, which teamed up with the IET for the open day, was set up by founder Smita Shah from Hatch End, with the help of her son Nikhit, 24, and daughter Rhea, 17.

Ms Shah said: “We have enjoyed meeting parents and young people who are interested in the work engineers do.

“Engineering Open House Day is a truly great initiative, which we hope will inspire and encourage a wide range of children to consider a career in the industry.”

Research found that 71 per cent of children say they would be interested in an engineering career after being shown information about the creative opportunities.